According to The Hymnary this is one of Horatius Bonar’s best loved texts. I love how this hymn weaves Love from the grandeur of the omnipotent God into the daily realities of suffering. From the work of creation to the work of the Savior. This would make a great meditative Easter hymn. You can read more of his hymns here, or download his Hymns of Faith and Hope.
O love of God, how strong and true!
Eternal, and yet ever new;
Uncomprehended and unbought,
Beyond all knowledge and all thought.
O love of God, how deep and great!
Far deeper than man’s deepest hate;
Self-fed, self-kindled like the light,
Changeless, eternal, infinite.
O heavenly love, how precious still
In days of weariness and ill,
In nights of pain and helplessness,
To heal, to comfort, and to bless!
O wide-embracing, wondrous love!
We read thee in the sky above,
We read thee in the earth below,
In seas that swell, and streams that flow.
We read thee best in Him who came
To bear for us the cross of shame;
Sent by the Father from on high,
Our life to live, our death to die.
We read thy power to bless and save,
E’en in the darkness of the grave;
Still more in resurrection light
We read the fullness of thy might.
O love of God, our shield and stay
Through all the perils of our way!
Eternal love, in thee we rest,
For ever safe, for ever blest.
words: Horatius Bonar, Hymns of Faith and Hope (1861)
music: Bruce Benedict, 2010